Taking a break from the usual posts today. It is always a bit disconcerting when your hometown makes the national headlines due to a disaster, or even the potential for one. This was the case in 2006, when the Susquehanna River crept to within about 6 blocks of my house. Fortunately, for now the danger for flooding appears to receding. Unfortunately, this has all been dwarfed by the horror of what is happening in Japan. The 8.9 earthquake, the worst in recorded history for the nation, combined with 6.0 aftershocks. CNN and the BBC have been running real-time coverage all day.
For my part, I recommend supporting two organizations that have a proven track record in these situations, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Doctors without Borders. Just spend five minutes looking at some of the devestation online and you will see what will be required in the comming weeks and months.